Washburn sweeps road trip

Junior outside hitter Jessica Fey and junior outside hitter Jessica Kopp defend the net in a match last season.

Rob Burkett

The No. 3 ranked Lady Blues volleyball team took to the road this week, looking to defend their status atop the MIAA standings.

On Friday the team pulled into Kirksville, Mo., looking to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Truman State University. Taking the court with the confidence that has carried the team to a thus far undefeated conference record, Washburn once again proved dominant.

Trailing for just two points during the entirety of the match, the Lady Blues played strong aided by the play of junior outside hitter Hillary Hughes and senior right side hitter Breanna Lewis, each finishing with 12 kills a piece. Hughes also finished the match with 11 digs as well, en route to her ninth double-double of the year. The Lady Blues finished off ended the match winning 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-19).

The Lady Blues continued their roll moving on to St. Joseph, Mo. where Missouri Western State University lay in wait. Washburn continued its path of destruction as they took them down 3-0 (25-12, 29-27, 25-20). Led by Lewis with 11 kills and junior outside hitters Jessica Fey and Jessica Kopp each with 10 kills, the Lady Blues finished off the Griffons. With the win the Lady Blues have won 18 of the last 20 sets in conference play.

Going into tonight’s match against Missouri Southern State University, Washburn looked to continue its run as road warriors. Led by Kopp in the first two sets with 10 kills up to that point, Washburn got a fight out of the Lions in the first set pulling ahead late en route to a 25-22 win in the first set. The second set was more of the same as Washburn played well up until late, giving away the last three points that MSSU scored in the set on attack errors. The Lady Blues finished off the Lions however, 25-20.

In the third set Washburn fell behind early to MSSU. With a strong effort midway through the frame, the Lady Blues rallied from down 15-20 to take the final set 25-22. Kopp finished the game with 11 kills while senior outside hitter Mollie Lacy was the team’s leading defensive stopper with 5 blocks.

With the win the Lady Blues move to 26-1 overall and 13-0 in the MIAA. Going forward Washburn returns home to a weekend slate against Southwest Baptist University on Friday at 7 p.m. in Lee Arena. On Saturday the Lady Blues will match up against Pittsburg State University at 2 p.m. in Lee Arena.